SEEKING SUPPORT—A Hair Boutique owner LaToya Johnson-Rainey (right) is hoping to be one of Pittsburgh’s Kiva Zip borrowers. Her grandmother Josephine Mukwita is her biggest supporter.  (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

SEEKING SUPPORT—A Hair Boutique owner LaToya Johnson-Rainey (right) is hoping to be one of Pittsburgh’s Kiva Zip borrowers. Her grandmother Josephine Mukwita is her biggest supporter. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels)

Small business is the economic engine of the economy. That statement has been quoted by economists and politicians many times. On a governmental level there are agencies like the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Small Business Development Centers based in area colleges that assist small businesses develop into major forces.

On a local, smaller and intimate level, the Christian Evangelistic Economic Development group, the Micro Business Institute, Urban Innovation21 and the Women Empowered for Entrepreneurial Excellence are on hand to assist entrepreneurs develop and grow into a viable entity to classify as one of the regional businesses driving the economy.

READY FOR BUSINESS—Yebom Hillary Atanze owner of Branded4Christ is following her dream to grow a social enterprise that positively encourages people.

READY FOR BUSINESS—Yebom Hillary Atanze owner of Branded4Christ is following her dream to grow a social enterprise that positively encourages people.

One resource often needed to assist enterprises of all sizes produce and operate to their maximum capacity is access to capital. Recently Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that the County has formed a partnership with the nonprofit organization Kiva to help small businesses gain access to capital and improve the local economy.

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